New Tampa Performing Arts Center


CategoryPerfoming Arts

Client       |   Hillsborough County Public Schools

Location  |  Tampa, FL

The New Tampa Performing Arts Center is in New Tampa, connected to Bruce B Downs Boulevard, and shares a common entry with the adjacent shopping center, restaurant, community dog park, and multifamily residential projects. Surrounded by Natural Preserves, The New Tampa Performing Arts Center has become an integral part of the community of New Tampa.

FleischmanGarciaMaslowski (FG+M) designed of the New Tampa Performing Arts Center is inspired by the movements of actors and dancers on stage. Roofs and walls dance together, sliding past one another, to create their own choreography of dynamic moves. The slender columns are in dialogue with the surrounding cypress trees transitioning from exterior to interior. Inside the lobby, floating wood elements pick up on the choreography and the red recesses define the entry to the auditorium. As patrons enter the auditorium, floating wood elements and red acoustical panels greet them and define the acoustics of the space. The 350-seat retractable seating system provides flexibility transforming the room from a theater venue to a multi-purpose room for receptions.

The stage includes a manual counterweight system and a loft gallery to create a full working stage for improved performances. The back of the house contains a 2-story shop, 2 dressing rooms, a green room, and a piano storage room. The dance studios are designed with operable partitions to make their sizes flexible. They also include sprung flooring and dance barres. Each studio has vertical openings pierced by the masonry vertical fins to focus on the wetlands while minimizing direct sun light. The facility also includes administration spaces and a catering room for different venues.

As an anticipation to the growth of the community, the New Tampa Performing Arts Center is designed to grow concurrently. The wing of the New Tampa Performing Arts Center is designed to accommodate a future second story addition for additional dance studios and community spaces.